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New rules see scooter license penalty hike

SCOOTER and moped riders face tougher penalties for not having a license under newly amended vehicle regulations.

Riders and disabled tricycle users without a license face a fine of up to 200 yuan (US$32.25) instead of a warning or a fine of 5 yuan at present, under regulations on the management of non-motor vehicles.

Shanghai’s more than 3 million scooters and mopeds come under the non-motor vehicle category. Licenses are issued by the city’s traffic management authorities.

The regulations, which will be effective from March, also address safety issues, including bad road behavior and improving traffic safety awareness.

“Previous regulations issued in 2001 lag far behind and cannot effectively tackle long-term problems involving non-motor vehicles, such as running red lights,” said Wei Kairen, an official with the traffic police team of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau.

Fines for anyone found to have altered or forged licenses for scooters and mopeds will be raised to up to 5,000 yuan, instead of 5 yuan or a warning.

And riders using these licenses will be fined up to 500 yuan — also up from 5 yuan.

Regulations also state that only one person under 12 years old can be carried on a scooter, moped or bicycle, and that riders between 12 and 16 years old cannot carry passengers.

The speed limit is 15 kilometers per hour for scooters and mopeds.

Vehicles in the non-motor vehicle category with out-of-town license plates must acquire a local license before using city roads, under the regulations.

The Shanghai Industrial and Commercial Administrative Bureau and Shanghai Quality and Technical Supervision Bureau will crack down on irregularities in the production and sales of illicit non-motor vehicles, according to the regulations.

“The amendment will help limit sources of illegal vehicles through a joint force of local traffic police and bureau officials,” said Jiang Zihao, a law expert.

Traffic accidents involving non-motor category vehicles have risen in recent years, rising 2.5 percent in 2011 on the previous year and 10.7 percent in 2012 on that figure.

Between January and October, more than 55 percent of traffic violations in the city involved non-motor vehicles, said Wei.



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